Baseball Breaks Out In A Big Way, Trouncing Pacific 18-2 To Snap Eight-Game Big West Losing Streak

May 11, 2002


STOCKTON, Calif. - After blowing a 4-1 lead in the ninth inning to lose 5-4 on Friday, the UC Santa Barbara baseball team (18-30, 4-13 Big West) made sure the same thing wouldn't happen on Saturday.

The Gauchos scored 17 runs in the first six innings, and led 9-0 before Pacific (25-22-1, 6-11 Big West) scored, as they won in merciless fashion 18-2, in Big West Conference action, Saturday at Billy Herbert Field.

The Gauchos, who scored in their first six innings, snapped an eight game conference losing streak. UCSB scored five runs in the second inning, three in the third, four in the fourth and three more in the fifth to lead 16-2 at that point.

First baseman Josh McCanne (Mammoth, Calif.) led the offensive onslaught, going 4-for-6 with a home run, two doubles, three runs scored and five RBI. All of the Gaucho starters managed to score a run and eight of the nine starters had at least two hits apiece.

Shortstop Dave Licht (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and third baseman Nate Sutton (Santa Cruz, Calif.) both had three hits for the Gauchos, with Licht driving in three runners and Sutton scoring and driving in two.

Freshman Eric Posthumus (Santa Clarita, Calif.) threw a five-hit complete game to win his team-high fifth game of the season. Posthumus threw eight shutout innings as Pacific scored their two lone runs in the third inning.

Second baseman Chris Malec (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) and his replacement at second, Matt Stevens (Riverside, Calif.), both hit doubles for the Gauchos.

The two teams will meet in the rubber match of the three-game series tomorrow, at 11a.m. at Billy Herbert field.